Still seeing more than the “normal” amount of brute force password guessing attempts by botnets. We’re banning around 500 addresses per day which is about 50% higher than average.
If you run Windows, please be sure your anti-virus software is current, the databases it uses are current, and scan your machines.
I’ve also read that some home routers have recently been compromised and being used as part of these BotNets but I do not have details at present.
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We’ve banned over 900 different IP addresses today for password guessing. A typical day would see about 350. When this number rises like this the usual cause is new Windows malware circulating.
Please be sure your anti-virus and anti-malware software is up to date. If you’re running Windows and NOT running MalwareBytes, I highly recommend doing so. It catches much malware that traditional anti-virus programs don’t find and when a customer brings an infected computer to me, nine times out of ten MalwareBytes will find an infection after Norton, Kaspersky, and others have failed.
I have no affiliation with MalwareBytes other than using it on my own computers and customers computers successfully, that is to say I get no financial incentive from them, but if your machine is clean then it’s less stress on our network and I appreciate that.